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Is Turkey turning its back on the US?

On a cool day in Istanbul the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge was opened to much fanfare. Rose Asani Hundreds, if not thousands, came to watch Turkey’s President Erdogan unveil a masterpiece in design and engineering. Named after the conquering Ottoman Sultan who expanded the Empire into the Middle East, it has been billed as a ‘bridge to the future’ for the… Source: Is Turkey turning its back on the US? | Coffee House Read More »

Is Putin’s Russia Headed for a Systemic Collapse?

Putin’s plan seems to be to sit tight and await a hike in oil prices—but long periods of stagnation haven’t gone well for Moscow in the past. The durability of the Russian political and economic system molded by Vladimir Putin has been the subject of much analysis and speculation, both… Source: Is Putin’s Russia Headed for a Systemic Collapse? – The American Interest Read More »

EU Commission warns Government over USC

Commission also criticises State’s failure to control escalating rents in new report Sarah Bardon The European Commission has criticised the Government’s failure to control escalating rents, and for freezing the amount homeowners pay in local… Source: EU Commission warns Government over USC Read More »

Mehbooba meets Modi, presents 3-point plan to bring peace in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir State Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Saturday presented a “three-pronged action plan” that included a dialogue with all stakeholders during talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring lasting peace in the Valley rocked by turmoil that has left 68 people dead. After an hour-long meeting, her first with Modi since the unrest broke out on July 8, Mehbooba told reporters that the Prime Minister was “very… Source: Mehbooba meets Modi, presents 3-point plan to bring peace ... Read More »

Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim wants to see Tasmania do more for asylum seekers

NEW Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim wants to see Tasmania’s refugee intake increase during his time serving in the role. MATT MALONEY Senator McKim on Thursday was given the key party portfolio in a post-election reshuffle by leader Richard Di Natale who said he wanted to reinvigorate his team… Source: Up refugee intake: McKim | The Advocate  Read More »

America is moving to end its use of private prisons – should Australia follow suit?

For more than 30 years governments around the world have outsourced the management of prison populations. This trend has been enthusiastically adopted in Australia, which has a higher proportion of inmates in privately operated prisons than any other country. Yet recent developments in the US – involving some of the same contractors who operate private prisons in Australia – suggest it might be… Source: America is moving to end its use of private prisons – should Australia follow suit? Read More »

I’ve worked in most conflict zones. I’ve never seen such high rates of trauma as on Nauru

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The Nauru files exposé struck a particular chord since I had only last month witnessed these patterns of horrendous abuse with my own eyes. Europe should learn what not to do from Australia’s example. Anna Neistat The Nauru files exposé struck a particular chord since I had only last month witnessed these patterns of horrendous abuse with my own eyes. Europe should learn what not to do from Australia’s example… Source: I’ve worked in most conflict zones. I’ve never seen ... Read More »

Interview: Michael Kirby, former Justice of the High Court

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Emma Alberici speaks with Michael Kirby who has become a high profile critic of a Plebiscite on the issue of same sex marriage. Australian Broadcasting Corporation Reporter: Michael Kirby Transcript EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: As a former High Court judge, Michael Kirby was often called on to interpret and rule on matters regarding Australia’s constitution. Source: Lateline – 26/08/2016: Interview: Michael Kirby, former Justice of the High Court Read More »

Incomes and Globalization

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 (Economic Roots of Western Radicalism) The greatest reshuffle of individual incomes since the Industrial Revolution By Branko Milanovic The effects of of globalisation on income distributions in rich countries have been studied extensively. This column takes a… Incomes and Globalization… Read More »

Syria: Evacuation of Daraya begins in deal to end siege

First buses of evacuees leave besieged Damascus suburb, as rebels prepare to cede control of area to government forces. Residents and rebels began leaving the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya on Friday, part of an evacuation deal to end one of the longest stand-offs in Syria’s five-year-long war… Source: Syria: Evacuation of Daraya begins in deal to end siege – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

North Atlantic ‘weather bomb’ tremor measured in Japan

Seismologists in Japan have tracked, for the first time, a particular type of tiny vibration that wobbled through the Earth from the Atlantic seafloor. It was started by a “weather bomb”: the same low-pressure storm, off Greenland, which made UK headlines in late 2014. Tiny tremors, of two types, constantly criss-cross the deep Earth from… Source: North Atlantic ‘weather bomb’ tremor measured in Japan – BBC News Read More »

Turkey has gone further than promised in Syria, says Moscow

Ankara is carrying out a full-scale ground operation in Syria. This format has not been coordinated with Moscow and threatens to undermine the warming of Russian-Turkish relations… Source: Turkey has gone further than promised in Syria, says Moscow | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

Taiwan’s CTBC Financial, China CITIC Bank cancel deals

TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) – CTBC Financial Holdings, parent of Taiwan’s top credit card issuer, and Chinese state-backed lender China CITIC Bank Corp have cancelled investments in each other amid fresh cross-strait political tensions. It is the first deal collapse since pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Tsai Ing-wen became president of Taiwan in May, but… Source: Taiwan’s CTBC Financial, China CITIC Bank cancel deals – Asia Times Read More »

Obama to create world’s largest marine reserve

President Barack Obama will travel to his native Hawaii next week to establish the world’s largest marine reserve and burnish his environmental legacy. WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse President Barack Obama will travel to his native Hawaii next week to establish the world’s largest marine reserve and burnish his environmental legacy… Source: Obama to create world’s largest marine reserve – AMERICAS Read More »